Hotel Eden Roc
What We Love
- Alternating between the Finnish sauna and ice fountain in the sybaritic spa designed by Carlo Rampazzi
- Having space to sprawl: singles and suites aside, rooms are between 325 and 430 square feet
- Supping al fresco on creative cuisine (picture lobster with yuzu and purple curry) at La Brezza
- Tooling around Lake Maggiore in the hotel’s vintage Riva Aquarama or sailing on its 33-foot Saffier
- Knowing that kayaks, SUPS, bikes and even Vespas are free to borrow
What To Know
- Built in 1971 and expanded several times since, it offers lodgings in three buildings, each with a distinctive décor
- Breakfast, minibar beverages, WiFi, parking, train transfers, Ticino public transit and assorted water sports are included
- The pretty umbrella-edged beach is private and sandy but certainly not big by North American standards
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
- Pet Friendly
- Room Service
Swiss hospitality meets Italian flair (with a dash of Miami Beach funk) at this glamorous resort hotel on Lake Maggiore’s northern shore
The Eden Roc name is synonymous with retro-style Floridian flash: witness designer Carlo Rampazzi’s riotous colors, bold patterns, and funky accents in the main-wing guest rooms or the chic 60s-inspired ones in the newest section, Marina. Many of the other ingredients for a hedonistic holiday are onsite, too: there’s a private beach, three pools, a yacht-filled marina, a stunning full-service spa, and a quartet of waterside restaurants. Nevertheless, the overall vibe is far more la dolce vita than Miami Vice (you’re in the Italian-speaking Ticino region, after all)—think quiet sunbathing, swimming and boating in lieu of any thumping nightclub or poolside DJ. Underscoring its family-friendly philosophy, Eden Roc Ascona also promises free children’s programs in peak season and trained sitters year-round: divided by age group, the former offers the expected supervised activities for kids and teens along with extras like banana-boat rides and, this being Switzerland, etiquette lessons.
In the Area
On the shores of Lake Maggiore, Eden Roc Ascona provides a classic beach experience. Guests tend to stick close by or take advantage of water sports like boating, waterskiing, and wake-boarding. That said, Ascona itself is an Instagrammable resort town that offers a café-lined promenade and plenty of high-end shopping opportunities. Its central piazza is five-minute walk away; alternately, you can borrow a bike or Vespa onsite and buzz into the lovely city of Locarno, where more is in store. The closest golf course is a five-minute drive. Want to explore further afield? Eden Roc’s helicopter, limo, and charter boat services can take you there.
How to Get There
Gorgeous hotel on the lake. Elegant, nicely decorated rooms and suites, some lake facing. 2 swimming pools, one indoor and heated. Restaurant is good, food and service excellent as one would expect of a hotel of this standing. Water activités such as boating, kids clubs available. Ascona is a very charming town with many restaurants and boutiques. Highly recommended!
My wife and I spent 3 nights in May, and it was a fantastic and relaxing stay. This was our first visit to the region, and Ascona is now one of my favorite places.
The hotel decor looks nice, but a bit odd, on the website, and we almost stayed at another hotel because of it. In person, it is quite nice, and the hotel is very clean and nicely laid out, with a superb breakfast buffet. The views of Lago Maggiore are amazing, and there are several pools, one indoor/outdoor, overlooking the lake. The hotel has courtesy city bikes, mountain bikes, electric bikes, Vespas and an eSmart car. We borrowed the electric bikes and had lots of fun riding through Ascona and Locarno.
One minor thing: the minibar with drinks, chocolate and two bags of chips, is amazingly free, as was a nice plate of fresh fruit, but they were stocked on the first and last days, but not the 2nd day. Maybe, it's only for check-in and check-out.
Note: make sure you book the Eden Roc, not the neighboring Eden Roc Marina.
Early in the season, but staff all very helpful and attentive. Restaurants offered good variety of meals, all well cooked and tasty. Nice quiet location with great views out to the lake. Parking easy, service was great. To early to swim, but I a sure when its warmer a perfect place to enjoy the beautiful late with a swim.
An overdue review from our stay in August 2018, some 15 years after our first visit. It was good then and even better now. We had a superior room, not lake facing but as we spent most of the day in the gardens fronting the lake this was not an issue. Housekeeping ensures the rooms are spotless with a Nespresso machine, courtesy minibar and fruit topped up daily. Quality beds and linens ensure a good nights sleep. Excellent buffet breakfast and we had dine around half board for evening dinner. The set menu offered a good choice selection each evening (typically 5 courses) and if you fancied a dish from the a la carte this was offered to residents at no extra cost. All the restaurant service was Swiss professionalism with Italian flair and a pleasant smile. The gardens and pool area were very well maintained, and the views onto the lake and mountains just amazing. Water sports were on offer, some complementary - I enjoyed paddle-boarding on a few days. The hotel also has scooters and an electric Smart car that we used (all complementary) to visit some local sights. Yes, this hotel is not cheap, it's a luxury experience with mainly Swiss and German guests on our visit, but we will return soon.
I stayed at the Eden Roc with my family during the holiday week, which is notoriously crazy busy. The hotel staff could not have been more delightful throughout. We had a bit of a mix up with our room and Shevonne, a manager at the front desk went above and beyond to straighten it out. Not only that, she also made sure to check in throughout our stay to be sure we were comfortable and satisfied which really made us feel truly cared for so far from home. We travel often and it’s rare to find management, like Shevonne, who go out of their way to the degree she did to treat us as if we were her own personal guests throughout our stay. Highly recommend staying here and know you will be well cared for by the lovely staff!